Traditionally, whitening strips and treatments have been used to whiten teeth, but if they are used too frequently, they weaken the enamel of the teeth. Weakened enamel can lead to dental issues, including teeth chipping or even breaking.
Activated charcoal is a more natural alternative to whitening strips and it can be used frequently with no weakening of the enamel. Activated charcoal is used for a variety of things in the medical field and was first used in 3750 BC when the Egyptians consumed it to treat a variety of intestinal ailments, according to netdoctor.
The theory behind using activated charcoal to whiten teeth comes from the adhesive quality of the charcoal. It easily binds to stains, bacteria and tartar.
There are many types of activated charcoal whitening products available in stores. The less messy version is the toothpaste, but the most popular is the loose form of charcoal. This product comes in a jar, and to use it you must wet your toothbrush and dip it into the powder. Next, you want to brush your teeth for several minutes and then rinse. Fair warning, this powder will make your entire mouth black until rinsed out, which can be jarring to look at.
According to Dr. Richard Marques, “Charcoal works and is an effective way to help clean and whiten your teeth. It’s one of my top tips on whitening your teeth at home.”
If using a black powder to whiten your teeth isn’t your thing, you can try other forms of natural teeth whitening. A few of the top methods include oil pulling, where you swish coconut oil around in your mouth, baking soda and lemon juice.